Boughton: Refund of Foleys donations not possible

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (File).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says he wants to return $750 in contributions to his exploratory committee in his bid for the Republican nomination for governor from Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley. He says the money has already been spent.

The couple pleaded guilty March 31 to conspiring to make illegal campaign contributions through a scheme that hid the consulting role prosecutors say former Gov. John Rowland played h her 2012 campaign. Prosecutors say Wilson-Foley wanted Rowland to work on her primary campaign but believed that because he had been convicted of a felony his involvement would attract negative publicity to her candidacy.

The New Haven Register reports  that Boughton said if there were a way to return the money, he would.

The Foleys each contributed $375 to the committee last fall.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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